These Teachables plastic counting cubes measure 1cm3 each. Set supplied in 10 vibrant colours. The set consists of 5000 counting cubes and is supplied in a sturdy storage container. Counting is an important part of the Mathematics Curriculum and is repeatedly mentioned in the curriculum for first years of primary school. The process of counting, sorting, adding and subtracting is a complex one. By using materials like counters, children will get a visual understanding of the concept, which will help them improve their skills in conservation, classifying, comparing, ordering and patterning.
Here are some ideas of activities you can do with these translucent counters. 1. Make a pattern. Create a pattern of counters in a particular colour order. Let students repeat the order. Once students understand this principle, you can increase the difficulty by removing one counter from the pattern and let them identify the missing element. 2. Make pairs. Place 10 counters in a row. Students have to find a way to create 5 pairs. They can only move the counters by picking them up and jumping over at least one counter. This means that they can not place a counter on top of the counter next to it. How many steps do they need to create 5 pairs? 3. Addition and subtraction. Place 8 counters on the table. What happens if you take away 3 counters? Students have just performed a subtraction of 8 – 3 = 5.
Counters are a versatile teaching aid and should be present in any classroom!